How cPanel Web Hosting Operates
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...